Missionary Now Cooperating In Lesbian Custody Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors have worked out a deal with an American missionary that may help them find a woman who fled to Nicaragua in a custody dispute with her former lesbian partner. Court documents show prosecutors have decided to drop
criminal charges against Timothy David Miller in exchange for his
testimony in future proceedings in the case.

Miller was charged with helping Lisa Miller, who is no relation to him, flee the United States with her 9-year-old daughter in defiance of a Vermont court order that granted custody to her former partner, Janet Jenkins.

Jenkins and Lisa Miller were joined in a Vermont civil union in 2000. Two years later, Miller gave birth to daughter Isabella, conceived through artificial insemination. The couple split up in 2003, with Miller renouncing homosexuality and becoming a Christian.

Earlier this year, a Mennonite pastor in Nicaragua told AP that "the Nicaraguan brotherhood felt it right and good to help Lisa not only free herself from the so called civil marriage and lesbian lifestyle, but especially to protect her 9-year-old daughter from being abducted and handed over to an active lesbian and a whole-hearted activist."

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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